What's it all about?

40 nights for the orphans of India. My 'Lent in a Tent' is about raising hugely needed funds for 'Shining Faces in India' orphanage in Salem, Tamil Nadhu, by sleeping ouside the Chaplaincy at King's Bruton for 40 nights. My target is at least £10,000 - which amazingly is only enough to feed the hundreds of children there for about two months.

I hope that many might be inspired to trade 40 pounds for my 40 nights. Actually, in the back of my mind I'm convinced that we could smash through the target and go much much further ... I wonder.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Live radio and deadly roads ... night 32/40

What a day it's been. All excited, I headed off to Taunton for a live appearance on BBC Radio Somerset's Saturday Morning show ... you can find the link below.

Listening to the previous presenter along the way I heard the tragic news of a fatal car accident on the M5 ... a young lad of 20 or so ... vibrant life in the morning now perished by the road.

It took me straight back to the streets of Salem and to the rule-free roads that are such a shock to western habits and which could claim the future days of any of our boys and girls with cruelly uncalculated ease.

But they have such fun on and around those roads ... journeys like never before ... nodding-off in the rocking cradle of their seats ... Guiness World Record numbers in such small spaces ...

Then there's the children who need to go to-and-fro between the schools in the Promised Land and the main offices in Salem. For them, buses lie in wait in in the courtyard like giant fingers of lemon cake ...

Others need to head home after a fee-paying day in one of Jayaraj's on-site Colleges.

But all of them face the dangers of roads with no rules and driving with no fear. Indeed, it wasn't too long ago that Neeva, Jayaraj's daughter, was struck on the roads and providentially survived without injury.

So while I sat relaxed on live radio this morning, elsewhere a family was facing news they never wanted to hear. It's reminded me of the importance of praying hard for team safety on the roads in India, and pressing home the urgent need for wise choices in all things transport.

You can hear today's BBC Radio Somerset interview on the link below.  It starts at 20mins 15secs into the programme and ends at 50mins with a couple of musical breaks included ...

On-going thanks to all of you who are making our time less demanding and our daily loves more encouraging.

Link to BBC Radio Somerset Emma Britton Show

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